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Monk professes first vows

August 07, 2014

Pic _news _Br Andre First VowsNovice Dane DeDecker, OSB, professed his temporary vows as a Benedictine monk in a ceremony on August 6, 2014, at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN.

He has completed his novitiate, a year of prayer and study of the Benedictine way of life. As is the custom during the profession of vows, he was assigned a religious name. Novice Dane will now be known as Br. André.   

Br. André, 37, is from Geneseo, IL. He attended Geneseo High School and studied for a year at St. Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona. He was a member of St. Anthony Parish in Atkinson, IL.

Previously, he had been an over-the-road truck driver for 12 years.

Temporary vows are typically for three years. This period offers a continuing opportunity for the monk and the monastic community to determine whether monastic life is, indeed, the right vocation for this individual.

Photo: Br. André DeDecker, OSB, (far right) kneels before Archabbot Justin DuVall, OSB, during the rite of profession.